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raptus

[rap-tuh s]
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noun
  1. a state of intense or overwhelming excitement; rapture; ecstasy.

Origin of raptus

1840–50; < Latin: a seizing, equivalent to rap(ere) to seize, abduct, rape1 + -tus suffix of v. action
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Historical Examples

  • When in this state of mind Madame von Breuning used to say that he was in his "raptus."

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

  • Give greetings to all, including the good Madame Councillor, and tell her that I still occasionally have a raptus.